HE WHO PERMITS OPPRESSION PERMITS CRIMES.-Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)
This week we turn our attention to the Africa Children’s Fund and their campaign to help girls in Africa avoid missing school for a week every month just because they are post-pubescent girls. We suggest you donate to the cause of providing poor girls in Africa with sanitary towels. Absenteeism has been reduced by up to 73% in schools where the program has been implemented. Various studies show the value of helping African girls manage their menstruation. The action of the Kenyan government in this area is to be commended.
Indigenous tribes do not simply die out. They are killed by the actions of so-called civilized nations. Survival International provides a long list of cases in which a letter from you can and will make a difference. Please open this link and write at least one letter. This link will be a permanent feature on our blog and we would be grateful if you gave it a bit of attention each week. We suggest going down the list in the order given. The letters are pre-written for you. All you need to do is send them. It would be nice also if a donation to Survival International could be forthcoming. Tribal people suffer from a variety of forms of discrimination, such as forced “development.”
THE STRUGGLE AGAINST SLAVERY
We have added this section to the blog in order to join the struggle against slavery worldwide. This week we refer you to the the ILO’s Protocol on Forced Labor which is all about modern slavery. We call your attention to the anti slavery campaign. There you can sign up for action updates.The importance of checking your sellers’ supply chains cannot be overemphasized.
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URGENT ACTION CASES
Urgent Action: Two Singer-Songwriter Activists Criminally Detained
Activists Xu Lin and Liu Sifang have been criminally detained since September 2017 on suspicion of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble”. Over the past few years, the two men have published many songs about human rights and democracy. They are at risk of torture and other ill-treatment.
Did you know Finland enforces sterilizations?
Right now, transgender people in Finland must be diagnosed with a ‘mental disorder’ and sterilized before being permitted to legally change their gender identity.
Urgent Action Update: Lesotho Soldiers At Risk Facing A Fresh Trial
The Court Martial of the Lesotho Defense Forces (LDF) soldiers facing mutiny charges been postponed. The soldiers fear that if this happens without due legal process, a fresh Court Martial could be set up despite the fact that a Southern African Development Community (SADC) Commission of Inquiry found the mutiny charges against them to be suspect.
Urgent Action Update: Activists Indicted For Peaceful Assembly
Five student activists, a land rights activist and two human rights lawyers face six months imprisonment and unfair trial in a military court in Khon Kaen, Northeast Thailand. The students had arranged a public discussion on Thailand’s constitution, which the human rights lawyers observed.
Stop union busting at Rustavi Avot
Georgian chemical workers face oppression. Once a model of the socially oriented enterprise, the Georgian fertilizer producer “Rustavi Azot”, after arrival of a new owner at the beginning of 2017 turned against the local union, the Trade Union of Metallurgy, Mining and Chemical Industry Workers of Georgia (TUMMCIWG), an affiliate of IndustriALL Global Union. The company’s employees are persecuted and repressed because of their union affiliation. Please join the protest.